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#1 OFFLINE   bailey964

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 09:03 AM

I had my first flat tire this weekend.  Figures it would be a holiday weekend where no tire shops were open.  I was thinking my C-Max would be in my garage all weekend when I remembered my safety seal tire plug kit.  I keep it in my Jeep for 4-wheeling ... just in case you lose two tires, these plugs give you a change to make it back to town.

 

I pulled the wheel and found a small knife blade plunged in between the treads.  I thought it might be too large of a hole for a patch or a plug but the safety seal plug worked great.  I tested it with soapy water after I was done and no leaks.  It's only been a couple of days but it sounds like if it doesn't leak right away, it's won't leak.  Only time will tell.

 

Anyway, I've added this to my list of things to carry.

 

http://www.safetyseal.com/

 

 


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#2 OFFLINE   drdiesel1

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 12:44 PM

I carry one in all my vehicles. Even on my motorcycles :dance:


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#3 OFFLINE   Tdefny

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 06:47 PM

Good idea. I got my first flat before my first fill-up. Luckily a friend at work had a similar kit. That was back in December. The tire has not lost any air since then.

#4 OFFLINE   paladinfello

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 09:04 AM

Interesting product.  I know the video says its a permanent fix but does that hold true for you guys?  I also wonder can it be removed if I take my tires to Costco to get plugged.



#5 OFFLINE   drdiesel1

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 09:09 AM

Interesting product.  I know the video says its a permanent fix but does that hold true for you guys?  I also wonder can it be removed if I take my tires to Costco to get plugged.

It is a permanent fix. No need to take your tire to Costco.  I use it on my motorcycle tires and run them until they wear out.



#6 OFFLINE   bailey964

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 08:57 AM

After about 200 miles, not a pound of air lost.  I really thought the hole was too large to plug but so far so good.

 

I also came across this stuff:  http://permasealtire.com/

 

I didn't research it yet but I did watch Jay Leno's video on it.



#7 OFFLINE   smangerer

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 12:33 PM

Im curious, What about the included flat fix can? Why wouldn't you have used that?



#8 OFFLINE   drdiesel1

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 01:51 PM

I wouldn't put any of that junk in my tires.  It has the potential to damage your TPMS sensors.

 

I'll just stick with my well proven rope type plugs and an air compressor :dance:


Edited by drdiesel1, 05 September 2013 - 01:54 PM.


#9 OFFLINE   The Garage King

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 05:30 PM

Not that another vote for the tire-plug method is needed, but here's what I keep in the car at all times (2 flats in 15 months has taught me painful lessons…):

 

  • Tire plug kit
  • Leatherman tool (to remove the offending debris from the tire, and also to trim off the excess plug)
  • Small flashlight with Lithium Ion batteries (gives you a chance the light will work when you actually need it)

 

All of these fit in the storage space under the right rear passenger's feet, providing a little peace of mind.  


Edited by The Garage King, 03 February 2015 - 05:31 PM.


#10 OFFLINE   fotomoto

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 06:14 PM

Slow leak in the left rear which took about a week to get another warning.  So, I took it in this morning to get it fixed at a local tire shop: 10 mins. and $6 later patched a small nail hole.  Lucky. :happy feet:



#11 OFFLINE   marlone5

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 02:17 AM

I also have the safetyseal tire kit. Bought one because my buddy recommended it. Never tried using it and hopefully won't need it soon.



#12 OFFLINE   rbort

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 07:29 AM

Get the rubber plug kit, I think its better than any liquid sealer.  If there is a slow leak drive to a gas station with an air pump.  Stop the car so you can access the foreign object (nail, screw, etc).  Pump the tire back up so you have some working pressure.  Pull the object out, insert the rasping tool to make the hole larger.  Leave the tool in there to hold the air.  Prepare the needle with the rubber plug, on it.  Also use some rubber cement or goop or E6000 they call it to coat the plug to glue it and make it go in easier.  Pull the rasping tool out, replace with the rubber plug, and pull the needle out.  Trim the excess plug out with a razor and re-inflate the tire back up to your running pressure.

 

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